Saints Re-Sign Stellar Rookie Maus, Ink Outfielder ArgoST. PAUL, MN January 7, 2015
SAINTS RE-SIGN STELLAR ROOKIE MAUS, INK OUTFIELDER ARGO
ST. PAUL, MN (January 7, 2015) – A productive rookie is like gold in the American Association and the St. Paul Saints struck it rich last season when they signed St. Olaf graduate Sam Maus. The Saints re-signed the scintillating first year player and also grabbed some speed with the signing of outfielder Willie Argo.
The 23-year-old Maus added a spark to the Saints when he signed on June 11. Despite having his season cut short by an injured wrist on August 16, Maus hit .323 with nine RBI in 39 games. In 133 at bats he scored 18 runs, had seven doubles, a .444 on base percentage and a .376 slugging percentage. He reached base safely in a team season high 30 straight games from June 25-August 2. The streak came to an end when he left the August 2 game with the injured wrist in the third inning. He walked more times (28) than he struck out (27) and had a solid .973 fielding percentage at second base. It took him just a week to play the role of hero when he collected his first professional hit, a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning of game two of a double header on June 18.
“Sam was a pleasant surprise for us,” said Saints Manager George Tsamis. “He plays the game the right way and played a solid second base for us. It's unfortunate that the injury ended his season early because he was on his way to an excellent rookie year.”
Maus had an outstanding senior season with the Oles in 2014 hitting .399 with six homers and 32 RBI while playing in all 40 games. In 143 at bats he scored 47 runs, had 15 doubles, two triples and 11 stolen bases in 13 attempts. He had an on base percentage of .491 and a slugging percentage of .657. Maus led the team in average, hits (57), home runs and runs. He began the season on a 13-game hitting streak and hit safely in 31 of 40 games. His offensive production consisted of 16 multi-hit games, which included four, three-hit games and three, four-hit games. Maus was one of two Oles to be named All-MIAC and was also selected to the 10-player All-Defensive Team with a .954 fielding percentage, primarily playing the left side of the infield. His impressive season got him named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region Team and All-MIAC.
In his four seasons at St. Olaf, Maus started all 153 games the Oles played during that time and he hit over .300 in three of the four years.
Maus went to Northfield High School and was a three-time letter winner in basketball and football and a four-time letter winner in baseball. He was All-Region his senior year, All-Conference his junior and senior season and All-Conference Honorable mention in his sophomore season in baseball. In football he was All-Conference during his junior season.
The 25-year-old Argo, who was born in Edina, played three seasons for the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He spent the entire 2014 season at Double-A Montgomery where he hit .203 with four home runs and 42 RBI in 120 games. In 384 at bats he scored 48 runs, had 11 doubles, two triples, stole 24 bases, with a .325 on base percentage and .273 slugging percentage.
Argo was originally selected in the 48th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008 out of Iowa Assumption High, but did not sign and in the 43rd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 out of the University of Illinois, but again did not sign. The move paid off when the Rays drafted him in the 22nd round out of the University of Illinois in 2012. He hit .289 with two home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 69 games, 64 at the Rookie Level and five at Single-A Bowling Green. In 2013 he spent the entire season at High-A Charlotte and hit .308 with four homers, 30 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 95 games. Those numbers earned him team MVP honors and he was an organizational All-Star in both 2012 and 2013.
“Willie can play all three spots in the outfield and he provides us with some much needed speed,” said Tsamis. “He has reached the Double-A level and has been a threat on the bases with 61 stolen bases the last two years.”
At Illinois Argo used his speed to gain national recognition, holding the school career record for stolen bases (98) and was fifth in the nation in stolen bases in 2010 with 41. Argo played in the Little League World Series for Davenport, IA in 2001, hitting a home run against the Bronx, N.Y. team, the same team with Danny Almonte.
The Saints have signed four players during the off-season, all position players.
The Saints will open CHS Field on Thursday evening May 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.